4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GEORGIA SOUTHERN DEFENSE
– The defense gets a big boost from the offense. The Eagles dominate the time of possession battle with their running game, and it shows for a D that was good against the run and strong enough against the better passing teams to get by. The pass rush is going to be just okay, and there aren’t enough plays behind the line on third downs. Even so, the Eagles should be effective again after allowing just 21.5 points and 357 yards per game.
– The corners are the stars. Kindle Vildor is among the nation’s best all-around defensive backs, and Monquavion Brinson is a fantastic tackler who can make big things happen when the ball is in the air, too. The safeties, though, need depth and have to find a replacement for leading tackler and all-star Joshua Moon.
– The front seven is fine, but the group has to get behind the line. It’s a young group, but it’s talented. The linebacking tandem of Randy Wade outside and Chris Harris inside can hit, and RJ Johnson is a good-looking end with all-star potential and skill.